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Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Study: Viewers prefer Netflix originals over HBO, Amazon and Hulu
Morgan Stanley surveyed 3,100 American viewers, and found that 39% of them believed Netflix had the "best original programming." ALSO: Study says Netflix may be killing viewers' sex lives.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Netflix boss: "it's not humanly possible anymore" for me to watch everything on my streaming service
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos admits even he can't watch all the shows on Netflix. Asked by The Hollywood Reporter how he keeps up, he confessed: "Not very well sometimes. I have an amazing team. And more than that, an amazing team that's super empowered, that can make those decisions. There was a time when I got to watch every cut and read every draft, and I don't even think — it's not humanly possible anymore." Sarandos made his comments at a For Your Consideration Emmy campaign event featuring a nearly 200-strong red carpet representing nearly 60 different Netflix programs, from Dave Chappelle to the stars of G.L.O.W., American Vandal and 13 Reasons Why.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
TV shows are shooting themselves in the foot with inconsistently long running times
"When a drama tinkers all season long with episodes that can run from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, it creates a narrative uncertainty that I, the viewer at home, can sense on a subconscious level," says Drew Magary, echoing a recent complaint that "overly long episodes are the manspreading of TV." "It makes me uneasy. I have no sense of structure for the story." Magary adds: "Take The Americans, for example. Now, I bailed on this show in its penultimate season because of its comically turgid pacing. It’s like living through the Cold War in real time. I think there was an entire episode that just consisted of Oleg touring a supermarket. After a trial separation, I have returned to that show in its final go-round, mostly because I wanna see if Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys get busted, or maybe even betray each other and square off in the Octagon. But the very small amount of goodwill I’m willing to extend that show gets severely tested when I queue up an episode and I’m greeted with a running time of 1:23. Come on, man. What the f*ck. I know not every story fits properly into a set time frame, but did you REALLY need all those extra shots of Elizabeth pensively smoking a Camel out on the patio?"
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
A hypothesis: Season 2 is either the best or worst season on many beloved shows
"Some shows burst out of the gate strong, only to fall flat in season two," says Nate Jones. "(Just like in the music business, you have your whole life to plan your show’s first season, and a few months to plan its second.) Other shows, maybe having slightly underperformed in the ratings, overcorrect based on network notes. Sometimes they manage to get back on track, sometimes they just keep getting worse, but either way, season two is where the trouble started." Jones tests his theory on a variety of shows, from The Office to Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Grey's Anatomy.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
84% of Netflix users have binge-watched with their pets
Netflix has released new data revealing that 31% of viewers who watch TV with their pets have created a separate account for viewing with their furry friends.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Presenting the best season of each of 70 beloved TV shows
From Breaking Bad Season 4 to The Walking Dead Season 5. ALSO: Here are the best TV episodes of 2018, so far.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 1:40PM EDT
Netflix is looking to hire a full-time binge-watcher
The person hired for the "editorial analyst of original content" job will be required to "watch, research, rate, tag, annotate and write analysis for movie and TV content."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Abandoning a TV show can be a liberating experience
You don't have to keep watching a TV show just because it keeps getting renewed. "Yes, perhaps the problem here is that there are too many shows, but the show people are not just going to stop making shows. So I am here to offer an elegant solution: abandon the show," says Tom Ley. He adds: "I promise that my intent here is not to be smug and dismissive. I do not believe that abandoning these shows makes me better or more refined than people who will continue watching them. I’m simply here to offer a solution to similarly show-addled people. Even if you mostly like the show, there’s no law saying you have to keep watching it. Release yourself from the show, and live wild and free."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
AMC Premiere subscribers can binge-watch The Terror
All 10 episodes of the upcoming AMC series will be released for subscribers of the $4.99/month service on the same night that The Terror premieres this Sunday.
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
70% of Netflix viewing happens on a TV set
Netflix says the percentage shouldn't be surprising since it has been touting the importance of television sets for quite some time.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Have you and your significant other experienced a "TV divorce"?
Sometimes couples with differing tastes in television watch their shows on separate TV sets.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Study: Binge-watching TV could double the risk of a fatal blood clot
A University of Minnesota study of 15,000 adults found that those who "very often" sit down in front of the TV screen face a 1.7 times higher risk of VTE, or venous thromboembolism.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Don’t feel guilty about binging on old shows in our Too-Much TV era
Despite contending with more than 500 shows as a TV critic, Alan Sepinwall has been binging on ER now that it’s on Hulu.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
HBO's Divorce works best as a “mini-binge”
“In a way,” says Lea Palmieri, “Divorce almost feels closer to a movie than a show: sitting with these characters for 90 minutes at a time just feels more fun than a mere 30 minutes.”
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 7:46PM EST
Netflix renews Fuller House for Season 4
As Hello Giggles points out, the Full House sequel series seems to be adhering to a new math for TV seasons, releasing multiple seasons a year since its debut less than two years ago. Netflix announced late last year that Fuller House was its second-most binge-raced show (behind Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life).